Researchers have found that the famous Shroud of Turin, thought to be the burial cloth of Christ imprinted with his features, may actually be stained with his blood.
Researchers at the Institute of Crystallography have analyzed small particles on the cloth. One of the researchers, Elvio Carlino, wrote about the discovery in an article for Catholic News Agency reported on by The Christian Post. The remnants of blood “have recorded a scenario of great suffering, whose victim was wrapped up in the funeral cloth,” wrote Carlino.
The scientists were able to tell that the blood particles were from someone who had physically suffered because of the particles’ particular structure, size, and distribution. Comparing these patterns with blood stains of a normal person made the researchers realize that the blood stains on the Shroud were telling a specific narrative.
“Hence, the presence of these biological nanoparticles found during our experiments point to a violent death for the man wrapped in the Turin Shroud," according to University of Padua professor Giulio Fanti.
Although the evidence is not conclusive that this piece of cloth is indeed the burial cloth of Christ, it may be another step toward that conclusion.
To read the scientists’ article on their most recent research, “New Biological Evidence from Atomic Resolution Studies on the Turin Shroud," click here.
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Publication date: July 18, 2017